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The gap in Michael Jackson's online death

  • Jeremy Wagstaff

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2009   /  02:19 pm

Michael Jackson is dead. You've probably heard that already. But where did you hear it? Chances are you read about it on twitter. Or more or less anywhere except for the traditional media channels, unless you're late riser and live in Asia. Jackson's death, more than any other news event since 9/11, has captivated the world. Everyone knows who he is/was, and everyone is affected, to some degree, by his death. But his passing is as likely to be remembered for the manner of its telling as for anything else. Jackson's death was an online death - at the heart of the West Coast, at the heart of the Internet. At 1921 GMT, one of his aides made a 911 call, saying Jackson was unconscious and not breathing. Paramedics arrived a few minutes later; by 2000 GMT he was in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 2010 GMT: Ten minutes after that an Online entertainment site cal...